Donna Appell, President and CEO of the HPS Network, and Ashley Appell, an adult with HPS, were on hand for the new joint Fetal Medicine Program created between the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Mount Sinai hospitals. The hospitals also have an alliance for pediatric cardiac and oncology services. Both medical institutions are also home to bowel research on Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome. The ribbon cutting was held at its new facility at the Mount Sinai Annenberg Building.

The new program will provide mothers who have fetuses that may be at risk a “one-stop” experience for diagnostic evaluation and consultation. Multiple tests can be done during a one-day visit. Families can also meet with a team of experts from both Mount Sinai and CHOP to discuss diagnosis and potential treatments. Diagnostic testing will be done at Mount Sinai Hospital and images will be read by fetal imaging experts at CHOP.